Covid-19 Update:
The Student Counselling and Wellness Service is still up and running and offering Telephone Counselling to NCI students – to apply just email: and we will send you through the details and how to get registered with the Service.  

Students can also access the Student Counselling and Wellness Moodle page, which has lots of hints, tips, advice, helplines, websites, blogs and apps which will no doubt be useful for students at this time.  

NCI offers a number of support services to ensure students get any help they might need with their academic, personal or professional difficulties.

Academic Support Officer working with student NCI provides a free counselling service for students who need support.


The Student Counselling and Wellness Service's aim is to support students and offer a supportive encouraging environment where students can talk about their difficulties or any struggles they may be facing while they are in college.

Deciding to go to college is a big step and at times may feel daunting, students face many new challenges, and sometimes college life can be stressful. These challenges may be academic, career, or even personal problems that can interfere with student's ability to take full advantage of the College experience. Counselling can be a helpful and supportive place to start.

Counselling can offer students some time and space to explore any issues that may be of concern such as:

  • Stress or anxiety
  • Academic difficulties
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Depression 
  • Family issues
  • Grief or bereavement
  • Homesickness/loneliness
  • Sexual/personal identity issues
  • Physical assault/abuse
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders 
  • Addiction or substance use
  • Confidence or self-esteem 


To book an appointment with the Student Counselling and Wellness Service, all you need to do is:


Once your message is received, a counsellor will contact you with an available appointment.

Counselling sessions last for 40- 50 minutes.  Your counsellor will discuss the frequency and number of sessions with you depending on your needs (usually weekly/bi-weekly and anywhere from 1 to 6 sessions).

Meet the Student Counselling and Wellness Team

If you need to contact the Student Counselling and Wellness team, please find their contact details below:

Dee McKiernan

Dee McKiernan (C.Psychol., Ps.S.I)

Manager - Student Counselling and Wellness Service
Senior Counselling Psychologist & Supervisor
Chartered Psychologist with PSI (Psychological Society of Ireland)


Mary Keating

Mary Keating (M.A., G.D.P.S., BCL)

Student Counsellor – Student Counselling and Wellness Service
Psychotherapist and Psychoanalyst
Accredited Member of A.P.P.I. (Association for Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy in Ireland)


Bláthnaid McCabe

Bláthnaid McCabe

Student Counsellor – Student Counselling and Wellness Service 
Psychotherapist and Social Worker 
Accredited Member of IACP & CORU (Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)


Workshops & Additional Resources
The Student Counselling and Wellness Service offers a number of workshops and seminars to help support students during their time studying at National College Ireland.